Many people think the nicotine addiction creates your cravings to smoke.
I won’t get into a lengthy debate on that but it still doesn’t explain why you still get strong cravings to smoke long after nicotine has left the body. It only takes 48 hours for the body to be nicotine-free after your last cigarette.
So what’s causing these cravings to smoke if it’s not a nicotine withdrawal? The answer is your own thoughts. Your thoughts create your cravings to smoke. We can also refer to these cravings as feelings or emotions, they are basically the same thing. Your thoughts also create your beliefs, a belief is nothing more than a thought (or group of thoughts) you keep thinking.
The more you think of smoking, the more you believe you need to smoke, the stronger the craving to smoke will be.
It’s easy to be un-aware of your thoughts because psychologists believe we get around 80,000 thoughts each day. So to monitor all these thoughts and be aware of your thinking can be hard. The easiest way to see how you are thinking is to see how you are feeling, then work backwards to change your thoughts.
If you are feeling bad for whatever reason, it was a thought or a group of thoughts that created that feeling. To change the feeling, think better thoughts about the situation until you start to feel better.
How can I change my thoughts to get rid of my cravings to smoke?
Instead of thinking why you need to smoke, think of why you don’t. Instead of believing you need to smoke, believe you don’t. Yes, you might find it hard to get rid of a thought that tells you need a cigarette, but you can ignore and distract yourself from it until it goes away.
When you find yourself not thinking about smoking or wanting to smoke, the craving to smoke goes. Work on the root cause… changing your thoughts to get rid of that craving to smoke and you won’t want to smoke.
These better thoughts, beliefs, and feelings will create better actions and better results.
The more you think of something, the more you will get similar thoughts re-enforcing these existing thoughts, until you change them. It works like a habit until you break it.
Remember, just because these are your own thoughts, it doesn’t mean you have to follow them. If they are wrong or negative, you can change them to your liking.
Experiment and see for yourself… see how you are feeling right now about quitting smoking, then change your thoughts and beliefs to kill the craving. Lots of repetition is key here, it conditions the subconscious mind in the right way, instead of the wrong way.
This comment from Bob Proctor sums up this post very well.
“Remember, the thought causes the feeling, the feeling causes the action, the action causes the result. Take a look at your result, adapt and start a new train of thought. Stay in charge of you.”
For those that don’t know, Bob Proctor is a respected authority in personal development and has studied the mind for 50 years.
Here’s a great quote from another respected authority in personal development, Brian Tracy “You have complete control over only one thing in the universe — your thinking! You can decide what you are going to think in any given situation. Your thoughts and feelings determine your actions and determine the results you get. It all starts with your thoughts.“
This short, 3 minute video from Bob Proctor gives further credibility to the information in this post.
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